Admissions Information

The application fee is $55 for applying undergraduate school and $55 for graduate school at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. Next table presents general admission information.
General Admission Information
Open Admission PolicyNo
Undergraduate Application Fees$55
Graduate Application Fees$55
Admission Informationadmissions.calpoly.edu/
Online Applicationwww2.calstate.edu/apply
Calendar SystemQuarter
Credits AcceptedDual Credits, Credits for Life Experiences, Advanced placement (AP) Credits
Degree OfferedBachelor, Master, Post-Master Certificate

Admission Statistics

For the academic year 2019-20, the acceptance rate is 28.42% and the yield is 30.02%. 28,008 men and 26,064 women applied to Cal Poly and 7,012 men and 8,354 women students were accepted. Among them, 2,282 men and 2,331 women were enrolled in the school (Fall 2019). The following table and chart show the admission statistics including the number of applicants, acceptance rate, and yield (also known as enrollment rate).
TotalMenWomen
Applicants54,07228,00826,064
Admitted15,3667,0128,354
Enrolled4,6132,2822,331
Acceptance Rate 28.42%25.04%32.05%
Yield 30.02%32.54%27.90%

SAT and ACT Score Distribution

For the academic year 2019-2020, 3,606 students (78% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 2,214 students (48%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. For score submitters, SAT 75th percentile score of Evidence-Based Reading/Writing is 700 and the 25th percentile is 620. The SAT Math score is 740 (75th) and 620 (25th). The submitted ACT composite score is 32 (75th percentile) and 26 (25th percentile).
25th Percentile75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing620700
SAT Math620740
ACT Composite2632
ACT Math2632
ACT English2634
The submitted SAT and ACT scores of admitted students at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are very competitive and high when comparing similar colleges (SAT: 1,080, ACT: 61 - Public Master's College and University (larger programs)).

Application Requirements

It requires to submit High School GPA, High School Rank, High School Record (or Transcript), and Completion of College Preparatory Program to its applicants. The next table summarizes the application requirements to apply California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.
For more admission information such as minimum GPA and deadlines, see its online application page .
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Cal Poly Admission Requirements
High School GPARequired
High School RankNeither required nor recommended
High School Record (or Transcript)Required
Completion of College Preparatory ProgramRequired
RecommendationsNeither required nor recommended
Formal Demonstration of CompetenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission Test ScoresRequired
TOEFLNeither required nor recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended



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